Vatican Mafia man expected to be the new Archbishop of Glasgow
TARTAGLIA. Sounds like a tantalising pasta dish that would be nice with freshly shaved Parmesan and a green salad on the side.
No. This Tartaglia is a very unappetising Catholic bigot, who, according to this report, is about to become the new Bishop of Glasgow, replacing Mario Conti, who is stepping aside after ten years leading Scotland’s most populous Catholic community.
The orthodox Bishop Philip Tartaglia, 61, is frequently described as “one of Benedict’s men” and will no doubt gleefully continue the Catholic Church’s war on gay marriage in Scotland.
To get the full measure of this rancid old tart, here are some extracts from his pastoral letter “to the clergy, religious and Faithful of the Diocese of Paisley”:
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation in which they propose that same sex marriage should be introduced in Scotland.
The Catholic Bishops of Scotland have expressed their unanimous opposition to this proposal. I have made public my own submission to the Scottish Government.
I have also given radio and television interviews in which I have defended the institution of marriage as uniquely the union of a man and a woman, and stressed the foolishness of the Government’s proposal to re-define marriage to accommodate same-sex unions.
It is very important to realise that opposition to the introduction of same sex marriage is not, as some so stridently assert, ‘homophobic bigotry,’ but is the assertion and defence of the nature and meaning of marriage which has been universally recognised by all cultures and all the great religions, and which has sustained humanity since time immemorial. It is therefore wrong and foolish to undermine this understanding of marriage.
There’s more … much more:
The State recognises same-sex unions in the form of civil partnerships. In law, same-sex partners have all the rights and privileges of marriage, except the right to be called a marriage. Same-sex ‘marriage’ is therefore unnecessary. Moreover, to call a civil partnership a marriage is to play a childish but dangerous game with language, in which people make something mean whatever they want it to mean.
Once the definition of marriage is changed to accommodate same sex unions on account of equality and human rights, Government will have no good reasons not to extend the definition of marriage to other combinations, such as three or more partner marriages. The problem will be that Government will not be able to give a principled answer to requests for polygamous marriage. It will not be able to say, ‘This is not allowed because it is not right’. It can only say, ‘This is not allowed because it’s not allowed’, and this is clearly unsatisfactory and ultimately unsustainable.
I think that quite enough to be getting on with.
UPDATE: Tartaglia, who appears to have more chins than a Chinese telephone directory, is definitely The Man. Another major change in the insane world of Roman Catholicism is that The Inquisition (now known as the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith), has a new Prefect – and the editor of Catholic Truth (motto: “Keeping the Faith – Telling the Truth”) is not happy with Ratzi choice of the German “liberal” Gerhard Ludwig Müller:
Who could ever have imagined that the prelate placed in the highest Vatican office … would be a notorious ‘liberal’ bishop who is on public record challenging key doctrines such as transubstantiation and the perpetual virginity of Our Lady.
Worse, this new head of the CDF:
Leans more towards atheism than traditionalism, and that’s putting it as charitably as I can muster.